Fighters the fifth day do not let the residents of Eastern ghouta on humanitarian corridor


MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Fighters the fifth day do not let the residents of Eastern ghouta through the humanitarian corridor, said Saturday the head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in the Syrian Arab Republic the General-the major Yury Evtushenko.

“The fifth day is held to inform the citizens of Eastern ghouta on the coordinates of a humanitarian corridor. All necessary infrastructure is ready to receive them. However, the fault current armed groups blocking access of the population to humanitarian corridor for its part, none of the civilians to leave Eastern ghouta once again failed,” – said the representative of the defense Ministry.

As recalled by Yevtushenko, Center for reconciliation exercises control over the observance of a humanitarian pause on Saturday that the fifth time was introduced in Eastern ghouta, as well as for the safe exit of civilians, evacuation of sick and wounded for the humanitarian corridor in the village of El Vafidin.

He also said that the situation in the area of the checkpoint continues to deteriorate, and the approaches to it are fired at the snipers. “For their provocative attacks by the militants used a network of underground tunnels. Also today, in the period c 9 hours 35 minutes to 11 hours and 10 minutes, a humanitarian corridor was four times fired from small arms. Injured three local residents,” – said Yevtushenko.

According to him, in the Center for conciliation continues to receive complaints on the hotline per day taken 49 complaints, most from residents of Eastern ghouta, which continue to complain about the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the arbitrariness of the militants.

Yevtushenko also said that imposed on Syria a 30-day cessation of hostilities is constantly violated by illegal armed groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus and Eastern ghouta. “So, residential neighborhoods of Damascus and its suburbs in the last day were fired from mortars eight times. It was released 64 mines. There is destruction and injuries among civilians”, – he said.

Provocation “dzhebhat an-Nusra”

“Also received information that the militants of the terrorist group “dzhebhat an-Nusra” (banned in Russia – approx. TASS) prepare provocative action to disrupt the humanitarian convoy of the United Nations in the settlement Duma, planned for the near future. Terrorists intend to bombard the convoy with mortars and blame it on government forces,” – said Yevtushenko.

“The actions of illegal armed groups in Eastern ghouta, Damascus shelling them and preventing the exit of civilians are war crimes. Demand from the leaders of illegal armed groups to stop abuses against local residents, to cease armed provocations and to ensure the safe exit of people from dangerous areas,” he added.

A humanitarian corridor

The Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the Damascus suburb of Eastern ghouta from 27 February introduced the daily humanitarian pause from 9:00 to 14:00 local time (10:00 to 15:00 GMT).

Safety at the exit of humanitarian corridor provided by the Russian military police and soldiers of the army of Syria. The first pause was disrupted by militants, as reported by the Russian Centre for reconciliation of the warring parties, the terrorists have repeatedly shelled the corridor, which should be the exit from this area, they keep the population under their control in Eastern ghouta, threatening with punishment those who wish to leave it.

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